National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program Intramural Research Training Award (NBBTP/IRTA)

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) / Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship is a two-year program designed to train fellows specifically to support high containment research environments by acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to meet the scientific, regulatory, biocontainment, biosafety, engineering, communications, management, and public relations challenges associated with the conduct of research in these facilities. NBBTP/IRTA Fellows do not engage in any primary patient care activities.

Exploring the dexterity in personal protective equipment by performing various tasks in a simulated environment.


The mission of the NBBTP/IRTA is to prepare biosafety and biocontainment professionals of the highest caliber to meet the needs of the biomedical emerging disease and civilian biodefense research communities through the 21st century.

Contact Information

Questions about the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship should be directed to Ms. Tracey Brown, Professional Development Director.
Phone: (512) 619-6302

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Main Areas of Focus

  • Occupational Safety through Biocontainment
  • Regulatory and Guidelines
  • Facility Design, Operations and Maintenance
  • Accident Prevention, Environmental Protection and Response
  • Emerging Technology
  • Communication and Leadership


The NBBTP was conceived as a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. As of January 2020, the NBBTP became part of the NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program and is now known as the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship. 

Application Procedures

The deadline is September 9, 2021. Make sure you have enough time to request references and transcripts, as well as fill out the application and refine your CV.

Fellowship Start Date: January 5, 2022

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The NBBTP/IRTA program is specialized training that has launched new career opportunities in safety, science, and biomedical research for over 15 years.

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